One way to make your house seem new again is to renovate and modernize all the bathrooms. Older, tired bathrooms are lacking the modern amenities we all want now. They are probably getting to look dingy and out of style. Adding ceramic tile or stone tile flooring, a granite countertop, and a new shower and bathtub can make all the difference. The new bathroom can look stylish, add value to the home, and be a lot nicer to use every day.
Remodel the Bathroom Right
As tempting as it may be to attempt to remodel a bathroom yourself, consider hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor. There will need to be licensed experts to do the electrical and plumbing changes. Removing all the fixtures and installing new ones is not easy. If the bathroom will have the fixture layout changed, the plumbing will need to be reconfigured.
Calling in bathroom remodel contractors may save the homeowner money and time. They have all the licensed professionals, equipment, and expertise to do every part of the bathroom including new flooring, new fixtures, venting, heating, lighting, and more. These professionals can help the homeowner choose a bathroom design and decore that works best.
Choosing Bathroom Flooring
There are many bathroom flooring options. When choosing a bathroom floor, consider the visual appeal, budget, durability, ease of installation, and cleanliness. There are 7 tile floor options to consider:
- Vinyl flooring comes as tiles or as sheet goods and is one of the more affordable bathroom floors. Vinyl tiles are cost-effective, water-resistant, and easy to install.
- Ceramic floor tiles come in many sizes, finishes, and colors. Ceramic tiles are long-lasting and low maintenance. They come with a scratch-resistant glaze.
- Glass tiles can come in non-slip textures and can be made of new or recycled glass. When properly installed these tiles are attractive and long-lasting.
- Stone tiles are rich looking and durable. They come in limestone, slate, granite, flagstone, travertine, or marble. They have a rich natural look that many homeowners like. They may cost a little more and need more maintenance. Stone floors need polishing every few years to look their best.
- Hardwood floors in bathrooms need to be finished with a high-quality polyurethane sealer and finish to resist water and perform well in bathrooms. Some brands and types of woodwork better for bathrooms.
- Linoleum is a natural material made of cork powder, wood flour, linseed oil, ground limestone, and pigments. It is an environmentally friendly material that resists the growth of mold and microorganisms. It is easy to install and does not fade over time.
- There are numerous plastic laminate choices that come in planks or tiles. They are thinner than some flooring making it easier to transition from room to room. There may be issues with water retention. Caulking gaps along walls, tubs, toilets, and other fixtures is important.
Choose the bathroom floor that meets your needs and budget. Stick with popular, classic trends to add value to your home. Choose a floor that will be easy to coordinate the rest of the bathroom fixtures and decore with for the best total look.
Consider Under-floor Heating
Consider the possibility of having heated floors. There are heating systems that can be installed under different flooring choices. Homeowners can choose between a hydroponic or an electric radiant heat system. The electric system has a system of electric coils and the hydroponic system has a series of small water tubes running beneath the flooring. Hydroponic heated floors are for people with boiler systems for hot water heat.
Choosing a great floor and having in-floor heating improves the comfort of the bathroom and the resale value of the home.